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European Tour announces second Brazilian event

The European Tour announced on Monday that it was moving beyond its traditional confines with Brazil hosting two events this year for the first time.

The Tour said the Brazil Rio de Janeiro 500 Years Open would take place at Rio's Itanhanga club on March 23-26, one week before the Brazil Sao Paulo 500 Years Open.

Prize money for the two will total $1.4 million.

"The fact that we are also celebrating in the year 2000 the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Brazil by the Portuguese sailor Alvares Cabral adds even more meaning to it all," said local promoter Joao Lagos.

European Tour executive director Ken Schofield said: "These tournaments provide further impetus to our drive to internationalise the game of golf."


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